Search continues for Kim Teer
MORE than three decades have passed since the disappearance of teenager Kim Teer but police have never given up hope of solving the case.
The 17-year-old girl was hitchhiking around Australia when she went missing in Victoria sometime between September and October 1979.
Kim left her home at North Haven near Port Macquarie in late 1978 with a female friend and her black and white border collie, Crosby.
She travelled itinerantly across the country, spending time fruit picking in Mildura, Renmark and Berri.
In late April 1979, she hitched a ride to Western Australia and landed jobs picking apples in Esperance and Manjimup before visiting Perth and Bowen, Queensland.
Investigators believe Kim then travelled with friends to Victoria and stayed in a unit in Simpson Street, East Melbourne, while helping to clean another property in Darling Street, East Melbourne.
During her time in Melbourne, Kim also visited the Kangaroo Ground area.
Kim and Crosby were last seen in East Melbourne around September 1979.
During her travels, the teenager kept in regular contact with her mother, Colleen.
In her last letter, Kim spoke of her fear of hitchhiking and asked her mother to send on her birth certificate so she could get her driver's licence.
When Kim's 18th birthday passed without any contact from her, Colleen became extremely concerned for her welfare and reported her missing to NSW Police in December 1979.
Victorian Homicide Squad detectives are investigating and believe that Kim may have met with foul play while in Melbourne.
Detective Inspector John Potter said police were leaving no stone unturned in their search for Kim and had already spoken to people in Perth, Darwin, Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour as part of their investigation.
"We believe that this is a solvable case but we need the community's help," he said.
"For more than 32 years, Kim's family has been haunted by her disappearance and we would like to solve the mystery and provide them with the answers they need to move forward with their lives.
"Someone out there knows what happened to Kim and we would ask that they come forward with that information and help us close this case."
Investigators would like to speak to anyone who has any information about Kim's disappearance or had any contact with her between August and October 1979.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.crimestoppers.com.au.